Unplug on Kapas Island.

January 12, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Unplug on Kapas Island

 

One of the lesser know and visited Islands of Malaysia. Only 30min small boat ride, Island Taxi, off the coast of Marang in the state of Terengganu you’ll find the small island of Pulau Kapas. Sunset panoramic.Sunset panoramic.

The island was also known as Cotton Island. Today the locals will tell you, it’s because of the white, soft, sandy beaches. But that’s just a tourist story. The real reason - Cotton Island use to be the place where pirates were hanged from the trees with white cotton cloth. Some of the long time residents still believe the island is haunted. Quite beachQuite beach

If it wasn’t for the rocky eastern shore, it would be easy to circumnavigate this small island in an hour. The west of the island is blessed with long soft sandy beaches that is almost deserted most of the year. With so few tourist, it’s not hard to find your own little secluded spot and not see another person for entire day. Paradise beachParadise beach Romantic walkRomantic walk

Given the size of the island, you shouldn't expect too many activities on offer. And I found only one small shop/restaurant at the jetty where you will be able to plug into unreliable internet. So if you are addicted to the web, brig your own mobile internet. But the few things that you can do, will keep you busy day and night. Desert IslandDesert Island

Aside from the beautiful soft beaches, the other attraction here is the underwater world. And you don’t have to be a scuba diver to enjoy it. Snorkelling here is often better because of good visibility in the shallow water. The water is warm, and most days clear enough, to spend hours floating around and above the reefs in total owe of the abundant marine life. Underwater PhotographyChristmas tree wormsUnderwater photo and marine life from Malaysia Underwater PhotographyIMG_1327Underwater photo and marine life from Malaysia Underwater PhotographyIMG_1484Underwater photo and marine life from Malaysia Underwater PhotographyIMG_1534Underwater photo and marine life from Malaysia Underwater PhotographyIMG_1507Underwater photo and marine life from Malaysia Underwater PhotographyIMG_1648Underwater photo and marine life from Malaysia Underwater PhotographyIMG_1840Underwater photo and marine life from Malaysia IMG_0369IMG_0369 IMG_0383IMG_0383 IMG_0475IMG_0475 IMG_0495IMG_0495 IMG_0480IMG_0480 IMG_1518IMG_1518 IMG_1665IMG_1665 IMG_1611IMG_1611

 Come night fall and you will probably look for a place where you can energise yourself with good food after a long day of hard work. Luckily there are a few places to choose from. Most people opt for the more crowded (and I use that word very loosely) KBC beach area. They serve western and Malay food and on Fridays they have excellent BBQs with a big variety of sea food. My favourite places were the small restaurants where you can find very cheap and good traditional food. Another popular place for dinner is Koko restaurant. Although the food is good, be prepared to pay more and go there about two hours BEFORE you get hungry. You WILL wait a very long time for your food. In all of these places, don’t expect to get cheap beer. In fact, I found it to be ever more expensive than some pubs in the U.K. Rocky island and boatRocky island and boat

Accommodation is not exactly cheap either, if you are on a tight budget like me. The cheapest option is camping at one of the few camp sites. But then you have to deal with the humidity and heat and sleeping outside is not an option unless you have a mosquito net. The best comfortable option is “The Captains Long Room”. You can sleep under a mosquito net in a long room with a few fans cooling the place. The long houseThe long house

To end a lazy day here, it can be made almost perfect by sitting on the beach under clear skies, watching the stars above you while big thunder storms roll over the mainland. Lighting up the sky.Lighting up the sky. Before the stormBefore the storm Storms and starsStorms and stars

 

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